Mar 15 2011

Illustrator Must-Know Text Effects

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Most designers use Photoshop to manipulate text as well as graphics but you will be amazed at what you can accomplish with the help of Illustrator. Nevertheless, combining the two will undoubtedly help you produce even more wonderful and creative effects for your designs. Typography is surely one of the aspects that should be well considered for you to be able to achieve that successful design you’re striving for.
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In case most of these tutorials are already familiar to you, you can also check out our previous post on the same topic which we’ve published a long time back and will surely enrich you with more examples. Please do share your thoughts with us or any of your artwork that have been inspired from these creative tutorials.

Text Effect Tutorials

A Guide to Creating 3D Text in Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial you can learn how to make 3D text using Adobe Illustrator:

A Guide to Creating 3D Text in Adobe Illustrator

Create Elegant, Glassy, 3D Typography in Photoshop and Illustrator
In this tutorial, we will learn how to create elegant, glassy, 3D typography with the help of Illustrator as well as Photoshop:

Create Elegant, Glassy, 3D Typography in Photoshop and Illustrator

Working With Type in Illustrator
Here you can see how you can use type in Illustrator to create a bold, eye-catching message:

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Tug and Twirl Text in Illustrator
When you outline text, Illustrator converts each letter to an object with paths and points, which you can select and adjust. Click here to find out more:

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How to Create Candy Cane Typography with Photoshop and Illustrator
In this tutorial we will create a superb candy cane type of design using Illustrator & Photoshop:

How to Create Candy Cane Typography with Photoshop and Illustrator

Learn to Create a Variety of Script Lettering
Here you can get to know a whole variety of script lettering techniques with the help of Illustrator:

Learn to Create a Variety of Script Lettering

How To Create Detailed Gothic Linework Typography
Check out how to create a detailed gothic linework typography design:

How To Create Detailed Gothic Linework Typography

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Envelope Distort
Check out how you can wrap text inside a shape with the ‘envelope distort’ feature in Illustrator:

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Envelope Distort

How to Make a Wooden Text Effect with Adobe Illustrator
In the following tutorial you can learn the process of making “wooden text” effects with the help of ’3D Extrude’ and the ‘Bevel Tool’ along with gradients and layer effects:

How to Make a Wooden Text Effect with Adobe Illustrator

Create a Reusable Retro Type Treatment
In this tutorial you can learn how to create a simple retro type treatment:

Create a Reusable Retro Type Treatment

Create an Airport Time Table Type Effect
Your project may need you to create an airport timetable text effect. With the help of this tutorial, you will achieve quality results:

Create an Airport Time Table Type Effect

How to Create an Entangled Lettering Illustration – Part 2
Check out this two part series to learn how to create an entangled Lettering Illustration. You may also jump to Part 1:

How to Create an Entangled Lettering Illustration – Part 2

Shakespeare Text Illustration Tutorial
This tutorial will help you to make pictures out of words. Surprise your friends with their illustrated pictures with hidden messages:

Shakespeare Text Illustration Tutorial

Create a Folded Paper Text Effect
In this tutorial you can find out what processes need to be made to be able to create a simple folded paper text effect along with ink blobs and stains with the help of some simple ellipses and brushes:

Create a Folded Paper Text Effect

Create a Mummy Text Effect
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a mummy text effects with some gradients and the use of the ‘Appearance Panel’:

Create a Mummy Text Effect

Create a Variety of 3D Lettering Effects for Poster Design
In this tutorial, the artist illustrates how the three words “onwards”, “and” & “upwards” can be used and creates an interesting 3D lettering effect:

Create a Variety of 3D Lettering Effects for Poster Design

How To Create Floral Theme Typography Using Photoshop and Illustrator
In this tutorial you can learn the steps you need to take to be able to create floral theme typography by adding add some flowers and butterflies into the text:

How To Create Floral Theme Typography Using Photoshop and Illustrator

3D Cubic Text Effect
Learn how to create a nice 3D cubic text effect in Illustrator. With this tutorial you will learn how to use 3D tools to create 3D cubes from squares along with other blending themes:

3D Cubic Text Effect

Create a Green Viscous Text Effect
Check out this tutorial in which Illustrator’s 3D tools are used to add dimension:

Create a Green Viscous Text Effect

Create a Patterned Text Effect
In this tutorial you can learn how to to create a nice patterned text effect along with some classic effects:

Create a Patterned Text Effect

How To Create a Simple Sticker Text Effect
This tutorial provides steps to how to design text as well as the script to create a simple sticker effect:

How To Create a Simple Sticker Text Effect

Create a Grimy Text Treatment with a Pen Tablet
In this tutorial the author shows you how to create a grimy text treatment utilizing Illustrator’s ‘Blog Brush’, ‘Live Paint’ and a pen tablet:

Create a Grimy Text Treatment with a Pen Tablet

Create a Furry Calligram in Illustrator
In this tutorial you can learn how to create your own calligram — inspired by a dog. Learn how to manipulate a typeface by rendering fur, adding doggy features and other details:

Create a Furry Calligram in Illustrator

How to Create a Glassy Text Effect in Illustrator
In this step-by-step tutorial, you can learn how to create a glassy text effect in Illustrator. The outcome is a shiny and glossy text effect:

How to create a glassy text effect in Illustrator

Create a Bubble Text Effect
With the help of this tutorial you can learn how to create a vector bubble and a bubble text effect:

Create a Bubble Text Effect

Create An Editable Stitched Label Type Treatment
Check out how to create an editable stitched label type treatment in Illustrator with this tutorial:

Create An Editable Stitched Label Type Treatment

Create a Simple Blood Text Effect
Make some typographic effects for a halloween party or some horror theme party. Check out this tutorial to create a simple blood text effect:

Create a Simple Blood Text Effect

How to Make a Flesh Ripping Zombie Type Treatment
The artist takes us through the steps to create the character and type treatment for this flesh ripping zombie:

How to Make a Flesh Ripping Zombie Type Treatment

Create a Glossy Smooth Text Effect
In this tutorial you can learn how to create a glossy, smooth text effect using multiple fills and strokes:

Create a Glossy Smooth Text Effect

Create a Silky Ribbon Text Effect
In the following tutorial you will use the ‘Pen’ and ‘Gradient’ tool to create a swirling silk ribbon text effect:

Create a Silky Ribbon Text Effect

Create Colorful, Layered Paper Type in Illustrator
Here is an excellent tutorial on how to create vivid illustrations with layered paper text and ribbons:

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Create an Assortment of 3D Text in Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial you can check out the steps you need to make if you wanted to create an assortment of 3D text styles in Illustrator CS4:

Create an Assortment of 3D Text in Adobe Illustrator

Create a Glowing Neon Sign Using the Appearance Palette
This tutorial shows the potential of the ‘Appearance Palette’ in Adobe Illustrator by building an exposit neon sign:

Create a Glowing Neon Sign using the Appearance Palette

Envelope Distort
In this tutorial, the artist elaborates how to use the ‘Envelope Distort’ tool in Illustrator to create a fashion ad:

Envelope Distort

Create An Editable Metal Type Treatment
Create a metal type treatment with the help of this step-by-step tutorial:

Create An Editable Metal Type Treatment

Create an Awesome Broken Plate Typography Effect
In this tutorial, the artist shares his techniques of converting simple letters into amazing broken plate typography:

Create an awesome broken plate typography effect

Learn to Create a Variety of Beveled Lettering
This tutorial provides a showcase of three different approaches which result in three different beveled lettering styles:

Learn to Create a Variety of Beveled Lettering

Dramatic Shadow Effect in Illustrator
Check out this tutorial for an interesting reversed shadow effect created with the help of the ‘Perspective Grid’ feature in Illustrator CS5:

Dramatic Shadow Effect in Illustrator

Tron Legacy Tutorial
For this tutorial the artist has used Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop as well as Cinema 4D. This tutorial is worth checking out if you’re familiar with all three:

Tron Legacy Tutorial

Blueprint-Style Text in Adobe Illustrator
This is a quick demo using a blend of live effects, filters, and even a little gradient mesh to create a seemingly complex logo treatment:

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Cool Typography with the Blend Tool in Illustrator
In this tutorial you can learn how to create a text effect using the ‘Blend Tool’ in Illustrator. Photoshop is also used for some final touches:

Cool Typography with the Blend Tool in Illustrator

How to Create a Typeface Character
Check out this tutorial to find out how to create a typeface character:

How to create a Typeface Character

Getting Carried Away with Balloon Lettering
In this tutorial you can find out how to create some illustrative shiny balloon letterings with basic semi-transparent, bubble letters:

Getting Carried Away with Balloon Lettering

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About the Author

Bhanu Ahluwalia is a graduate in Computer Science and a social media enthusiast from India. He specializes in web design by qualification and photography by passion. He is an avid blogger, running TutZone and co-authoring DesignUnder and SloDive. You can reach him via Twitter.

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Comments and Discussions
  • Daniel, 15 March 2011

    Thanks a lot! (:

  • Jackson, 16 March 2011

    Only 1 comment so far? Weak.

    Great collection, blue print is my favorite.

  • Andrei Marius, 16 March 2011

    Thanks a lot for including my tutorials.

  • Farhan, 16 March 2011

    These helps me a lot for my work

  • karen, 16 March 2011

    What a fabulous range! I cant decide which to try first!
    Thank you Bhanu!

  • Cris, 16 March 2011

    Wow thx for those amazing tutorials.

  • Tutorial Lounge, 23 March 2011

    very professional design listing and we would like to thanks for add “How To Create Floral Theme Typography Using Photoshop and Illustrator”.

  • Ken Reynolds, 29 March 2011

    Great list, featuring a varied range of techniques.
    Just like to say thanks for including my tut.

  • Ariel, 12 April 2011

    Awesome group of tuts! Very helpful!

  • Sébastien Gicquel, 23 April 2011

    Thank you. This list of tuts is really interesting.

  • robert, 26 April 2011

    thank you for this site it helps alot..

  • Brett Widmann, 13 May 2011

    I really like the variety of effects here. Thanks for the nice list

  • cheryl, 06 September 2011

    these are AWESOME tutorials. kudos!!!

  • phalguna Rao, 28 February 2012

    Thanks your Best design tutorials site.. thanks a lot…. god bless you…….

  • dione12, 07 March 2012

    I’m a beginner in Illustrator and Photoshop..and all these tutorials made me come off like a real hardcore artist..hahaha…Thank you so much! hope you can add more tutorials…
    P.S. I added this site to my favorites list so I won’t have to look for other tutorials!

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